Playing With Panko

Hello everyone! How was your Tuesday? Mine was alright – the work part was meh, but the hockey part was, obviously, awesome 😉 And since hockey started right at 5 pm this evening, I figured I would just combine lunch & dinner into one mega post.

So, let’s take a look at lunch, shall we? It all started with a tuna sandwich – tuna mixed with low-fat mayo, spread on some Irene’s Bakery Multigrain Bread with some dill pickles.

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The standard side veggies – carrot & cucumber. My true raw veggie loves.

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I reprised the dried fruit medley from last night – craisins, raisins, golden berries – with a couple of dried apricots along for the ride.

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Nuts! Cashews & macadamia nuts.

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And a little edamummus to go with them there veggies.

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The dried fruit & nuts made great snack options today. I had a meeting mid morning where there were some lovely muffins from Market On Yates. My favourite – the lemon cranberry poppy seed – was there, but I knew I really didn’t need to eat one of them. Not to mention, I wanted to avoid setting off my stomach (which, went much better today than yesterday, in case you were wondering). I find it funny how people are taken aback when you choose not to have something like the provided muffins at a meeting. It’s like, what do you mean you don’t want this muffin I brought just for you? Meh, oh well, it’s not like they went to waste – put any meeting leftovers in the kitchen, and the vultures my coworkers eat them up ASAP!

I wanted to run to the mall to pick up my hemmed pants, but I ended up staying at work later than planned, so I just raced home so I wouldn’t miss the hockey game. There was a slight detour to the grocery store to pick up one essential ingredient for dinner. Can you guess? If you can’t, perhaps you should read the title again 😉

I had taken out a turkey breast from the freezer last night to thaw in the fridge, and wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it. My mind kept thinking, I need to make good hockey watchin’ food. Chicken fingers came to mind…well, no, turkey fingers I guess! But I had no bread crumbs. My coworker suggested panko. Bingo! I cut the turkey into fingers, then dredged it in some seasoned flour (salt, pepper, onion powder, parsley), then a mixture of milk & dijon mustard, then into the panko. I baked them up, and dinner was born.

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Since I was firing up the oven, I figured roasting some veggies was a good idea. I made the tiniest Yukon gold fries (the potato was small).

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And I had about 2/3 of a head of cauliflower, so I threw that in as well. I topped half of it with some cheddar cheese (mmm, cheese), and served the whole lot with sweet chili sauce & sour cream for dipping to my heart’s desire.

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Dinner was a bit on the monochromatic side, but it was all sorts of good. How much do I love those panko bread crumbs? I’ve had them at restaurants before, but I’ve never used them myself. They make for some mighty fine breading.

As for the hockey game – we won! Woot! Good thing, because I fear if we had lost this game, we wouldn’t fair well in this playoff series. But now we can win the next two, and I’ll be able to watch that second game at my parents’ place on the big screen in HD. Yeah baby!

Did I mention my stomach was doing better? It was even in the mood for a little ice cream – So Delicious Coconut & Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Creams, a few chocolate chips, and some Nature’s Path Vanilla Almond Granola for crunchy fun.

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Pain free ice cream! Excellent 😀

And now, another Tuesday is drawing to a close. Time to hop into bed to get some sort of good night sleep. Until next time…

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5 Comments on “Playing With Panko”

  1. May 6, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    oh i love panko, what a creative way to use it! thanks for the idea. the whole dinner looked super good.

    and can i just say i am totally with you with the not eating refreshments at work thing? my bosses are RELENTLESS.. if someone brings in donuts or muffins they think it is humorous to come eat them in front of me and set them all over my desk, it does not waver my self control but it is super annoying. haha sorry just had to vent my agreement!

  2. May 6, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    Grrrreat meal!!! I’ve got some panko in the pantry that I haven’t used yet. I should pull it out!

    If I’m in a work meeting with treats that I don’t want, I’ll take something that I know one of my family members will eat and bring it home to them. This avoids the snide “you are SO healthy” remarks that usually accompany a no thanks!

  3. May 6, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    That is perfect hockey watching food! I`ve never tried panko before!

  4. May 6, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    1. Glad your stomach was better!!
    2. I hate food pushers!! It’s like, “Hello, I’m not hungry please don’t try to shovel something down my throat.”
    3. Glad you had a good hockey night – have I mentioned I hate refs? Just throwing that out there 😉
    4. Cauli and cheddar – yum!

  5. May 6, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Just curious how you do your taters on the oven. Mine NEVER turn out looking that beautiful.. I must be doing something not-so-right.

    -E

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